Getting around Ubon is really quite simple but confusing at times. There are no traditionsl taxis here but still there are plenty of ways to get around for your travel convenience. If spending more than a day or two at a place I like to walk around to get to know the town. I find that is the best way. You can certainly do a lot of walking here and get everything seen and done you want. Walking is a great way to get to know the people and see what the city is all about. But if walking is not your cup of tea, there are many other ways to get around Ubon..
There are several mini-bus routes in Ubon. In the past they were actual buses but as they got old they were switched to Songthaews. Songthaews are modified pick-up trucks with a cover and benches in the bed. Mini-buses have set routes and set rates. It cost 8 Thai Baht per person to use the transport. They have no set schedule but one comes along quite frequently. You signal them to stop for you by raising your arm, palm facing down and sort of just wiggle your fingers. The mini-buses can be identified by number and aslo color.
Motorcycle taxis are one of the quickest methods to get around. If you are traveling alone it is also the best. The motorcyle taxi drivers know their way around Ubon and will be aware of the places you want to go. The fare must be negotiated and agreed upon before hand.
Tuk Tuks are not totally unique to Thailand but they are definitely a part of it's culture. You will often see Tuk Tuks identified with travel and tourism here. In case you don't know a tuk tuk is a small 3-wheeled vehicle with an easily identified sound and a covered bench seat behind the driver. There is enough room for 2-3 people and your shopping bags. The high-pitched whine of the engine is as distinctive as the roar of a Harley.The jockeys are owner-operators of the vehicles. They are normally grouped around high-traffice areas. As with the motorcycle taxi you must negotiate the cost before the journey.
There is sufficient private transportation available in Ubon Ratchathani. You can rent vans with driver. There are vans the are authorized to drive into Laos is you need that service.
There are rental cars available with or without driver. You must show a valid drivers license if you want to drive yourself.
It is possible to rent motorcycles here to get around on and see some of the countryside. I have even found one shop that rents bicylces.
If you want to travel to areas of Ubon outside the city there are medium sized trucks modified with a roof and benches in the back that take routes through the city to their destination. Also you can get buses from the main bus terminal or the Warin Chamrap bus stop at the Warin Market.
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